Bhadrak is one of the thirty districts of the State of Orissa with the geographical area of 2787.9 sq. kms. Formerly it was a Sub-Division of undivided Balasore District. It has got the status of a district since 1 st April 1993. Bhadrak is a north-eastern district of Orissa surrounded by the Bay of Bengal in the east, the districts of Kendrapada and Jajpur in the South, Keonjhar in the West and Balasore in the North. It is believed to be named after the famous Goddess 'Maa Bhadrakali' which is worshiped in a mediaeval temple in the outskirts of Bhadrak town, the head quarters of the district. Bhadrak is also famous for the 'Lord Akhandalamani' worshipped at Aradi about 37 kms. east of the town. Two major rivers 'Baitarani' and 'Salandi' enriched the soil of the district. Some small rivers and tributaries also flow in the district having significant influence in the economic life of the people of the district. The district is primarily agrarian.
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